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Port Chester Tax Service Hosts Midnight Madness Event

Mariella Valqui and Henry Pelico of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service of Port Chester will be on hand during the Midnight Madness event to provide last-minute tax help. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sara Hinton
Jackson Hewitt's mascot, Mr. Big Check. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sara Hinton

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Have you put off filing your taxes? Jackson Hewitt Tax Service of Port Chester is hosting its first Midnight Madness event this Friday for last-minute tax returns.

"I know there are a lot of people out there who have not filed yet. They're putting it off, they don't know the forms and they have a lot of questions," said Sara Hinton, manager of field marketing for Jackson Hewitt.

The deadline to file taxes is April 15, and a big rush usually occurs in the last few days as people work to get their taxes in, Hinton said. In anticipation of this, Jackson Hewitt will be open until midnight, serving coffee and doughnuts and offering free last-minute tax advice and answering tax questions.

This year's tax season has been a little unusual, Hinton said. Most years would see filings peak in mid-January and mid-February, and then die down a little in March, she said. This year it has been pretty steady, with no real peaks. The Internal Revenue Service did not open the filing season until Jan. 31, which may be the reason, she said.

"I think that might have thrown some people off," she said. Other changes in tax laws have had people wondering what forms they need to fill out, the effects of Obamacare and whether they should have someone file for them or use a software program such as TurboTax.

"For a lot of people, this is one of the biggest financial transactions of the year, and it's a big decision," she said. "I think people are hesitant and we see people really researching how they want to go about filing their taxes. It's important to be able to talk to a live person and have them answer your questions."

Jackson Hewitt is located at 34 S. Main St. and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to midnight for the Friday event.

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